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About Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

Posts by Kevin Wicks

Classic British Series ‘The Saint’ to Get a Modern Reboot

That most dashing of British TV heroes, Simon Templar, is being resurrected. Again. Possibly for real this time.

Join Anglophenia For Oscars Coverage

On Sunday (February 22), little gold men will be handed out, heartfelt speeches will be made, and names will be mangled by John Travolta. There will be Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet, possibly photobombing; there will be Keira …

WATCH: The British Invasion of the Oscars

Anglophenia’s Tom Brook headed to Hollywood ahead of the Oscars to chat with some of this year’s British nominees, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Keira Knightley.

WATCH: How Well Do You Know British Comedy?

For some Americans, knowledge of British comedy runs the gamut from Monty Python to Richard Curtis romantic comedies to, well, Benny Hill. Talented comedians them all, to be sure. But if you really want to be a connoisseur of U.

WATCH: Hugh Grant Recommends Travel Sites in Britain

The star of the upcoming Rewrite (and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) told us his choices, one of which is inspired by the novelist Daphne du Maurier.

WATCH: Jamie Dornan Plays ‘Fifty Accents of Grey’ on ‘Fallon’

If you think E.L. James‘ purple prose in Fifty Shades of Grey is remarkably silly, wait till you hear lines from her best-selling novel done in ridiculous accents.

WATCH: Oscar-Nominated British Actors Discuss Their Films

You may hear these names read when the Academy Awards are handed out on February 22. (They’re all also nominated for the EE British Academy Film Awards, which air Sunday, February 8 at 8/7c on BBC AMERICA.

David Tennant’s Next Role: Marvel Villain for Netflix’s ‘AKA Jessica Jones’

David Tennant‘s next role has been lined up. The Doctor Who and Broadchurch star has been cast as the evil Zebediah Kilgrave on Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones, a 13-episode series hitting Netflix later this year.

WATCH: How to Pronounce Difficult U.K. Place Names

How do you pronounce the above British place name? It may not be what you think.

Britain is home to many villages and towns with counterintuitive pronuniciations, as we’ve learned before. In this week’s episode of the Anglophenia YouTube series, Brit Siobhan Thompson teaches an American, Science …

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: A Cavalcade of Crossovers

This week’s Who’s Day roundup is devoted to the fine art (and we mean this is most literal sense) of crossovers. Taking things from the Whoniverse and trying them out in other locations to see how they fit.